Kitchen antics

The lovely and gracious Enid hosted a Pampered Chef party today at her house, and was kind enough to invite me and a bunch of the other San Antonio stitch-n-bitchers. I’d never been to one of these before, so I was curious. It turned out to be a lot of fun.

The PC representative who ran the party, Gena, clearly knew what she was doing, and she made a microwaved risotto dish which showcased several of the cool kitchen gadgets that PC sells. The chopper was especially interesting, and the knives all looked good.

I’m a little torn when it comes to kitchen gadgets. I’m a process cooker – I like taking my time in the kitchen. I realize that most people who cook don’t have this luxury, so having gadgets and recipes that speed things up makes a lot of sense. The recipe that Gene prepared was an excellent example – risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and Italian sausage prepared in the microwave. I’ve been on a risotto kick lately, so I was a little skeptical about the microwave preparation. But the end product was impressive, and very practical. Working by herself and talking constantly to everyone at the party, she had it done and ready to serve in half an hour.

When I got home, I started duplicating the recipe in my freshly-cleaned kitchen, but I made the risotto on the stove. I think the end result was only slightly better than the microwave version – if my main point was feeding several people and I was pressed for time, I’d have no problem using the microwave.

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Also, I just remembered that I did in fact snap a picture of the scarf that I knit for Enchanting Juno as I was blocking it. This is the first lace project that I’ve ever properly blocked, I think, and I was really happy with how it turned out. The pattern is the Matthew Scarf from Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a hot plate of risotto with my name on it.

17 Responses to “Kitchen antics”

  1. Kath Says:

    Okay, seeing a man cook is thrilling enough already, but wearing an apron too? Stop already! You’re killin’ me here…

    Scarf very nice indeed and Juno is very lucky!

  2. janna Says:

    I love Pampered Chef stuff, especially my baking stone. And the scarf is lovely — great color! What’s the pattern?

  3. janna Says:

    Duh – never mind! You told us that a couple posts ago…. That would be a nice Red Scarf Project pattern, I think.

  4. nicole Says:

    Kilt, apron, bandana and boots.. And you know what? I have watch envy. My watchband broke last year and I’m very much watch uhm, timeless now 😉

    So, where’s that recipe? I’ll trade you the worlds most Nom Chocolate cake. Or the worlds most Nom Chocolate bisquits…

  5. bezzie Says:

    Bah but washing and storing all those gadgets takes up a lot of time. I have a love-hate relationship with PC. I will admit I really love a couple of their products.

    Risotto in the nuker huh? Whodathunkit?

  6. geeky Heather Says:

    Most of PC’s stuff goes in the dishwasher…if it doesn’t, I don’t buy it. =) My only exception to that rule is knives (I have Henkels) and pots/pans.

  7. Plum Texan Says:

    I’m not much of a gadgeteer myself, coming as I do from the Alton Brown school of Death to Unitaskers. But PC does make these fabulous little sharp-as-hell paring knives that are great for small tasks.

    Apron + kilt = very nice. :)

  8. Jody Says:

    I also have a love hate relationship with all those PC items! I love to buy them, but find that I rarely use them in reality! I usually forget they are there. Also – it’s often one more thing to clean!

    love the apron 😉

  9. Donna Says:

    Action (cooking!!) kilt porn…thank you.

  10. Kat Says:

    Mmmmm, risotto.

  11. Stephieface Says:

    Stephieface cannot post at the moment. She just saw a picture of a knit able cook fu master kilt wearing man… and her head exploded.

  12. marnie Says:

    David, next time I’m in Texas we gotta hang out together and cook!

    Love ya bro –

    M

  13. mom Says:

    Yeah! Your kitchen looks spotless!

  14. Tallguy Says:

    “he first lace project that I’ve ever properly blocked,” and I daresay it won’t be your last! I’m actually shocked… I was always taught that blocking is essential with every knit project, and I believe it. Maybe one day you will come to realize that too — maybe you have already?? Let’s only hope.

    And what else would you wear when cooking but a kilt!

  15. Crissie Says:

    I know I am late to this party, but had to say….seeing a hot man in a kilt, cooking and displaying his knitting prowess….is there no end to your deliciousness?

  16. Miss Scarlett Says:

    You’re like a knitting,cooking, kilt wearing pirate in this pic!

    All fabulous things to be!

  17. Julie Says:

    Have a look at:
    http://www.freedomkilts.com/
    Tell Steve that Julie sent you.

    Socks, yet to be properly photographed, are knit on an antique circular sock knitting machine.